No better time for Netflix (maybe still hold on for the chill bit). And even more with the platform churning out solid, nuanced content left, right and centre. Especially with women headlining casts and stellar scripts. Getting you this list, was an order. Here are 9 Netflix shows with women ruling the screen that ought to make it to your watch list.
The historical drama series created and principally written by Peter Morgan offers an intimate look on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The show chronicling her life, romances, political rivalries and the historical events of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that also shaped the latter half of the 20th century. The third season explores the middle age of the queen and the Olivia Colman took over for Claire Foy. The fourth season which again star Colman is expected to be released by late 2020.
The American comedy-drama series, created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne), a game developer. Nadia repeatedly keeps dying and reliving at the same spot at her 36th birthday party the next morning in a surreal time loop. A normal party gets transformed into an inescapable nightmare of her mortality. She tries to find out what is happening to her and finds Alan Zaveri (Charlie Barnett), a man who is also stuck in a time loop like Nadia.
The Good Place
The American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur is philosophically deep and filled with humour. The Good Place is set in an afterlife where Eleanor Shellstrop, a deceased woman who lived a selfish and spiteful life, is brought to “the good place” by mistake. She seeks the help of her soulmate Chidi to become a better place, as the show takes us through the flashbacks in her life. Exceptional with its writing, acting, originality, setting, and tone.
Orange Is the New Black
Pure Bliss. The American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan is Netflix’s first signature original based on a true story. The series is based on Piper Kerman’s (renamed Piper Chapman in the show) memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. The show focuses the long-running story of a women’s prison where the inmates are wrapped up in rivalries and romances. They have got nothing but time and fight a system that is stacked against them.
The American drama miniseries co-created by Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, and Michael Chabon is based on a harrowing true story of of the 2008–2011 Washington and Colorado serial rape cases. The show starring Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever follows a pair of detectives investigating a series of rapes in Washington State and Colorado. Their story crosses with a teenager Marie, who is charged for lying about having being raped. The two investigators followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.
The American comedy-drama web television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch is one of the more original premises among recent comedy shows on Netflix. The series is based on the fledgeling professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in the 1980s. The show chronicles the life of aspiring actresses and generally, women try their luck in the audition and agree to take a stab at a new field. Season 1 of the series is delightful and Season 2 became one of the best seasons ever of a Netflix TV show. The show is wildly entertaining with a bangin’ 80s soundtrack and purely joyous, focused and character-rich story.
Quite a classic-ish. The show follows the relationship between a fiercely independent single mother Lorelai Gilmore, and her gifted, Ivy League-bound daughter Rory who lives in Stars Hollow, a fictional town filled with colourful characters. The classic show described as witty, intimate and feel-good is ideal to be watched together by the family for its quirky characters and the strikingly real relationships they make, and the quick-paced stream of jokes.
The supernatural Western horror series developed by Emily Andras is based on Beau Smith’s comic book series of the same name. Wynonna Earp is different from the usual zombie story with an interesting twist of incorporating a fierce female warrior. The show follows the journey of Wynonna Earp, the outcast descendant of a ruthless lawman Wyatt Earp. Wynonna teams with an immortal Doc Holliday to defeat hungry demonic revenants who are reincarnated outlaws from the Wild West that the elder Wyatt killed. She returns to her hometown of Purgatory, near the Canadian Rockies, where she battles revenants.
The American Western drama miniseries created by Scott Frank is set in a period three decades before that of Peaky Blinders. The show has similarities with Peaky Blinders as both are grim, uncompromising and violent. The show focuses on Roy Goode, an injured outlaw on the run from his former boss, Frank Griffin and found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women. Frank Griffin, a menacing outlaw terrorizes the West in search for Roy Goode who is his son-like partner turned mortal enemy.
Well, women do make all things better. And once you’ve devoured this list, check out others!